Theft, Bribery, and Death threats: Details emerge after Fennell and Shahadey arrest

Left: Fennell Right: Shahadey
Left: Fennell Right: Shahadey

 TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Two former Vigo County School Corporation employees face federal charges stemming from a kickback scheme between themselves and a vendor.

The scheme involves Frank Shahadey, Franklin Fennell, and a tree trimming business.

News 10’s Jon Swaner reviewed the complaint filed in the case against them, which details the allegations made.

Fennell handled facilities for the school corporation.

His role would be to order work for the tree trimming business.

The owner would send an inflated invoice that Fennell made sure was paid.


Then, the owner would give the difference back to Shahdey and Fennell to split.

Federal agents believe Shahadey threatened the life of a school corporation employee.


That person found Fennell’s journal and gave it to Superintendent Danny Tanoos around October 4th.

Because of that, the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked the judge to have Shahadey incarcerated indefinitely.

There will be a detention hearing on Friday to determine if Shahadey will be released.

Meanwhile, Fennell was released, but was ordered to have no contact with potential witnesses or co-defendants in the case.